The Friends of the Mattapoisett Library’s annual meeting will be held Sunday, October 21, 3:00 PM at the library. After a brief business meeting, guest speaker Anne D. LeClaire will talk about her work.
LeClaire is the author of nine novels, including Land’s End, Entering Normal, The Lavender Hour, and Leaving Eden, and her work has been published in seventeen countries. Her essays have been featured in a number of anthologies, among them I’ve Always Meant to Tell You: Letters to Our Mothers, An Anthology of Contemporary Women Writers; From Daughters and Sons to Fathers: What I’ve Never Said; and A Sense of Place: An Anthology of Cape Women Writers. LeClaire’s first non-fiction book, Listening Below the Noise, is a meditation on the practice of silence. In addition to writing novels, memoir, short stories and essays, LeClaire has taught creative writing on the Cape and on Maui, in France, Ireland, Jamaica and in women’s prisons.
LeClaire described herself as “the family story-teller, not always meant in the good way. In fact, I love that while I was once punished for making up stories, now I get paid for it.” While raising her family, LeClaire worked as a broadcaster, actress, journalist and correspondent, writing for the New York Times, Boston Globe, Redbook and Yankee. A resident of Chatham, LeClaire and her husband have two children, and sixteen chickens.
Come to hear what the Friends have been up to this year, and for an entertaining talk.